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Ten Best Female Comic Book Supervillains

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Comic books, more than any other genre, are responsible for creating strong female characters. And many of the strongest female characters happen to be supervillains. More than femme fetales, these are often strong, powerful women who have amazing superpowers and can kick some serious ass. They also happen to be evil and, more often than not, out for revenge. Many a superhero has been tripped up by a beautiful but evil supervillain. And for every Lex Luthor there seems to be a Catwoman, for every Dr. Doom a Poison Ivy. So here is a list if the top 10 comic book female supervillains of all time.

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10. Harley Quinn – Batman

Originally conceived as a female sidekick to the Joker for the 1990s animated Batman television series, Harley Quinn proved so popular that she moved into the Batman comic books as well. And it didn’t take long for Harley Quinn to get her own comic book series, and later a starring role in theBatman spin-off title Gotham City Sirens. Harley Quinn’s fandom is due to the fact that she is mischievous, revels in being bad and can kick some ass when she needs to. Harley Quinn is also the perfect female counterpoint to the Joker and has proven to be a handful for Batman. A brand new Harley Quinn comic is now in the works at DC Comics, and the character will be played by actress Margot Robbie in next summer’s blockbuster film Suicide Squad.

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9. Elektra – Daredevil

Who doesn’t love a female ninja assassin? For pure fighting spirit and ability, Elektra is one awesome female antagonist. And while she straddles the line between good and evil, she’s bad enough to warrant a spot on this list. Created by comic book genius Frank Miller in the early 1980s when he was writing the Daredevil series at Marvel Comics, Elektra was the love of Matt Murdock’s (aka Daredevil’s) life. She also had some epic battles against arch nemesis and fellow Frank Miller creation Bullseye. Elektra has also had several of her own comic book miniseries, appeared in Marvel titles ranging fromSpider-Man to The Punisher, and even had her own movie in 2005 where the character was played by actress Jennifer Garner. Cool, tough and sexy, it seems that it has never really mattered that the character of Elektra was killed off in Daredevil issue #181. The character is so popular she has defied death.

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8. Mystique – The X-Men

A sexy shape shifter who can change her appearance to emulate any woman or man she comes into contact with, Mystique has been a thorn in the side of the X-Men for years. A founding member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and very close to its leader, Magneto, Mystique is the closest thing on this list to a femme fetale having used her feminine wiles to seduce men and get what she wants. However, Mystique is also the mother of X-Men character Nightcrawler and the stepmother of Rogue. This gives her a strong connection to the superhero team, which she has exploited on several occasions. The character has been effectively represented in the X-Men movies by actresses Rebecca Romijn and more recently Jennifer Lawrence, each of whom have kept the character’s sex appeal intact.

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7. Star Sapphire – Green Lantern

Star Sapphire began her illustrious career as a supervillain back in the 1940s when she first fought against the Flash. However, over the years, the character of Star Sapphire has been most associated with Green Lantern. And while she has veered over to the good side at times, Star Sapphire has primarily been a baddie. Hal Jordan’s girlfriend Carol Ferris turns into the evil Star Sapphire when entranced by an alien crystal from outer space. Over the years, it was revealed that Star Sapphire is part of an entire legion of alien beings similar to the Green Lantern Corps. And Star Sapphire has fashioned the crystal that turns her evil into a ring similar to the one worn by Green Lantern. It’s as though she is the female doppelganger of Green Lantern.

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6. Catwoman – Batman

Is it us, or does Batman have a number of the best female supervillains? Here we come to the iconic Catwoman. While not an outright supervillain, Catwoman was introduced to readers of Batman comic books as a jewel thief. Over the years, she has manipulated, used and abused Bruce Wayne and Batman. And while she has, at times, teamed up with the Dark Knight and the two characters have even been lovers at times, Catwoman always ends up discarding Batman or hurting him once he’s served his purpose to her. A longtime fan favorite, Catwoman has surfaced in countless Batman titles as well as the last Batman movie—The Dark Knight Rises. And the character was given her own movie in 2004 starring actress Halle Berry in the titular role.

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5. Black Cat – Spider-Man

The Marvel comic equivalent of DC Comics’s Catwoman, Black Cat places a notch higher for being more vicious and more of a true supervillain. Black Cat also has super powers in that she can bring bad luck to her enemies thanks to an experiment carried out on her by Kingpin. Originally named Felicia Hardy, the character of Black Cat is the daughter of a renowned cat burglar who taught herself martial arts and has been a foe of Peter Parker since The Amazing Spider-Man issue #194 published in July 1979. She was ranked 27th on the Comics Buyer’s Guide’s 100 Sexiest Women in Comics list, and has proven extremely popular with Spider-Man readers. Black Cat starred opposite Wolverine in the mid-2000s comic book miniseries called Claws, and film writer/director Kevin Smith wrote a miniseries in 2002 called Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil that Men Do. The character of Black Cat was also featured in the 2014 movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and was played by actress Felicity Jones.

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4. Enchantress – Thor

One of Thor’s greatest enemies, Enchantress has been giving the Son of Agard fits since she first appeared in Marvel Comics back in 1964. Originally sent by Odin to kill Thor’s human love interest, the character has spent much of her time in cahoots with Thor nemesis and half-brother Loki, as well as a charter member of the Masters of Evil. Armed with spells and enchantments, the character has frequently succeeded in getting Thor to do her bidding after putting him under various spells and states of hypnosis. Enchantress has also enslaved several members of the Avengers over the years and formed the all-female evil syndicate known as the Lady Liberators. Strong, confident and sexy, Enchantress is nevertheless a very bad person. Poor Thor…

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3. Black Widow – Avengers

She may have been presented as a hero in The Avengers movies, but in the comic book world Black Widow has been a villain since the character was first introduced in Inhumans issue #5 in 1999. Black Widow then had her own comic book miniseries, as well as a miniseries with Daredevil. From her inception, Black Widow has been portrayed as an amoral Russian spy and super assassin. A cold-hearted mercenary, real name Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow kicks ass but also is ruthless and cruel—working for the highest bidder and screwing over or killing anyone who gets in her way. And after flirting with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers, the character of Black Widow actually joins forces with the evil group HYDRA and is genetically altered to give her the power to copy all of the superpowers of the Avengers, which she uses against the super group. Ouch. Not only is Black Widow one of the toughest female comic book villains, she is also one of the most diabolical.

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2. Lady Deathstrike – Wolverine

It’s hard to argue with a name like Lady Deathstrike. But this is one badass female villain. And probably the villain that gives Wolverine a run for his money more than any other foe. Part of Wolverine’s Japanese mythology, Lady Deathstike’s real name is Yuriko Oyama, and she is the daughter of Lord Dark Wind, who created the adamantium-bonding process that was forced on Wolverine as part of the Weapon X project that turned his bone claws into indestructible metal. A self-styled warrior trained in the ninja arts, Lady Deathstrike hired the villain Spiral to bond adamantium to her own skeleton in addition to other cyber-genetic enhancements that essentially turned her into a female version of Wolverine, complete with her own set of deadly claws. Over the years, Lady Deathstrike has worked as a mercenary and assassin, and feels a need to prove herself by killing her rival Wolverine. And she’s come close on several occasions. The character has been featured in both the X-Men and Wolverine film series. Lady Deathstrike has been named one of the top 100 supervillains of all time on several lists of both male and female evildoers. Scary.

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1. Dark Phoenix – The X-Men

For sheer power, there is no badder female supervillain than Dark Phoenix. Introduced as part of an extended X-Men storyline that ran from Uncanny X-men issues # 129-138 in 1980, Dark Phoenix emerged from the X-Men character Jean Grey, who is exposed to the deadly radiation of a solar flare while on a mission in outer space. This brings the mutant telepathic powers of Jean Grey to a boil and the character is reborn as the ultra-powerful but sinister Dark Phoenix. Among her many powers, Dark Phoenix had the ability to go supernova and destroy everything in her path. Manipulated by the villains Mastermind and Emma Frost, Dark Phoenix is eventually killed, as is the character of Jean Grey, and this forever alters the X-Men and the characters of Cyclops and Wolverine, who each have strong feelings for Jean Grey. However, Jean Grey was later resurrected as part of the comic book X-Factor, which reunited the original members of the X-Men. Reincarnations of Dark Phoenix have surfaced in the X-Men and various comic book miniseries over the ensuing years, and elements of the Dark Phoenix saga were included in the X-Men movies. But whenever Dark Phoenix appears it always seems to portend doom for those involved.


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TV villains we love to hate

There’s something very interesting about well-written bad guys. In no particular order, here are ten TV villains we love to hate.

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Mike Ehrmantraut – Breaking Bad

Per wikipedia, “Mike Ehrmantraut (played by Jonathan Banks) is a former Philadelphia police officer who works for Gus—and, on occasion, Saul—as a private investigator, head of security, cleaner, and hit man. His reasons for leaving the force in Philadelphia are never specified. His main lesson as a cop is to not take “half measures”; he once told Walt that he decided at the last second not to murder a wife-beating husband, only to later arrest that man for smashing his wife’s head in, killing her. In Season 4, Jesse and Mike begin a rough and rocky relationship, and although initially frustrated at being assigned to Jesse by Gus, Mike learns to like him after Jesse begins to show potential. However, Mike does not like Walt in the least as he tells Walt that he’s dangerous to him; Mike considers Walt to be selfish, arrogant, and egotistical. Mike later becomes a reluctant partner in Walt and Jesse’s meth operation, still despising Walt and feeling depressed over Jesse’s choices. Mike is a calm and calculating individual who efficiently performed his duties for Gus, using his extensive knowledge to do so without detection. He is never shown to target or involve any innocent bystanders in his duties. Like Walt, Mike is a family man; he enjoys an affectionate relationship with his granddaughter Kaylee (played by Kaija Roze Bales).”

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Sue Sylvester – Glee

Per wikipedia, “Susan “Sue” Sylvester is a fictional character of the Fox musical comedy-drama series, Glee. The character is portrayed by actress Jane Lynch, and has appeared in Glee from its pilot episode, first broadcast on May 19, 2009. Sue was developed by Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. For the first four seasons of Glee, Sue is the coach of the William McKinley High School cheerleading squad, and a ruthless bully to both students and faculty members alike. Because her cheerleading squad competes with the glee club for the school’s limited funding, she is often at odds with the club and more particularly its director Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison). Sue Sylvester is the main antagonist of the series. In the fifth season (2013-14), Sue is made the school’s new principal.”

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Stewie Griffin – Family Guy

Per wikipedia, “Stewart Gilligan “Stewie” Griffin is a fictional character from the animated television series Family Guy. Once obsessed with violence and matricide, Stewie (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) is the youngest child of Peter and Lois Griffin, and the brother of Chris and Meg. Over the duration of the series, he has also come to have a very close friendship with the family’s anthropomorphic dog, Brian.”

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Gus Fring – Breaking Bad

Per wikipedia, “Gustavo “Gus” Fring is a fictional character in the American television drama series Breaking Bad on AMC. He is portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito and was created by series creator Vince Gilligan. Gus is one of the most prominent methamphetamine distributors in the southwestern United States. He owns and operates several legitimate businesses, including a chain of fast food restaurants (called Los Pollos Hermanos) and an industrial laundry facility, as fronts for a vast and sophisticated drug operation. Gus maintains a friendly and low-key exterior; he takes an active role in managing his front businesses and personally supervises employees and serves customers at his fast food restaurants. In order to keep up appearances, Gus is a booster for the DEA and has made large donations to the agency’s Albuquerque office. However, Gus is ruthless and Machiavellian in managing his vast drug empire. He employs a number of enforcers and has personally killed rivals and associates.”

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Barry Kripke – Big Bang Theory 

Per wikipedia, “Barry Kripke, Ph.D. (John Ross Bowie) is a co-worker of Leonard and Sheldon’s who frequently clashes with them. He works in plasma physics. Kripke has a case of rhotacism in which he pronounces the letters “R” and “L” as “W” in much the same way as Elmer Fudd from Looney Tunes and Gilda Radner in her “Baba Wawa” sketches. However, as demonstrated in the season 5 episode “The Beta Test Initiation”, Kripke is either unaware of or unable to modify the way he speaks. In his first appearance, he pits his robot, the Kripke Krippler, against the men’s robot, M.O.N.T.E., in an unofficial robot fight. On another episode, Sheldon attempts to befriend Kripke in order to gain access to an open science grid computer to carry out research, but it turns out to be futile, as Kripke has no control over the computer’s usage time. Kripke continues his antagonism towards Sheldon, when he pulls a prank on Sheldon when the latter is a guest on NPR’s Science Friday. Sheldon tries to befriend Kripke another time when he is feeling excluded by his friends, but Barry connects more with the others in Sheldon’s new proposed group. Kripke purchases an iPhone with voice recognition technology, but due to his rhotacism, the device is incapable of understanding his verbal “wequests”.

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Tywin Lannister – Game of Thrones

Per wikipedia, “Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) is Lord of Casterly Rock, Shield of Lannisport, and Warden of the West. He is a calculating, ruthless, and controlling man. He married his cousin Joanna, and their marriage was a happy one. She was his beloved companion and most trusted counselor. When she died giving birth to their dwarf son Tyrion, he was devastated and it is said that “the best part of Tywin died with her.” He never remarried. Tywin loves his children Cersei and Jaime, but he despises Tyrion for being deformed and for causing Joanna’s death. In his youth, he single-handedly restored the honor and fortune of the Lannisters and dedicated himself to maintaining his family’s prestige. He was appointed the Hand of the King to Aerys II Targaryen at a young age and held the position for twenty years. He proved himself a capable leader and his tenure was marked by peace and prosperity.”

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Al Swearengen – Deadwood

Per wikipedia, “Albert “Swejen” Swearengen (Ian McShane), is the proprietor of the Gem Saloon, born in England but raised in a Chicago orphanage under an abusive figure known as Mrs. Anderson. He mentions on occasion that Mrs. Anderson ran a brothel at the girls’ orphanage before running the boys’ orphanage. Swearengen was among the first settlers of Deadwood, earning him several land claims and a position of power. The Gem Saloon, offering alcohol, prostitution and faro also acts as Swearengen’s base of operations.

Swearengen is cunning, manipulative and initially appears to be the most cynically amoral of all the characters, showing no hesitation in resorting to violence and murder when it serves his business interests. When former Montana marshal Seth Bullock comes to camp to sell hardware, his upright, law-abiding manner and strong sense of justice serves as an unintended, yet upending threat to Swearengen, and they initially butt heads until Swearengen decides to make Bullock the “face” of Deadwood and encourages him to pick up the badge again, turning Bullock’s respectability to his advantage in securing the future of the camp.”

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Nucky Thompson – Boardwalk Empire

Per wikipedia, “Enoch Malachi “Nucky” Thompson is a fictional character and the protagonist of the HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire. Played by Steve Buscemi, Nucky is based on former Atlantic City political figure Enoch L. Johnson. Nucky is employed as treasurer of Atlantic County, New Jersey, but in effect controls the region as a political boss. Nucky is a corrupt and powerful Republican politician who leads a double life as a gangster, and continuously struggles to meet his interests on both fronts. Charming and intelligent, he is adored by the people of Atlantic City, especially its poor and immigrant inhabitants, for his numerous acts of charity. However, in private he has a tight grip on the politics and vice of Atlantic City. Throughout the series he is portrayed as a Machiavellian politician who makes his henchmen do the dirty work, while showing a more humane side to his friends and family. However, by the end of season 2 he is shown becoming more ruthless in order to compete in the violent bootlegging business.

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Zombies – The Walking Dead

Per wikipedia, “The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.”

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Walter White – Breaking Bad

Per wikipedia, “Walter Hartwell White (also known by his clandestine alias Heisenberg) is a fictional character in the American television drama series Breaking Bad on AMC. He was created by series creator Vince Gilligan and is portrayed by Bryan Cranston. Walter once was a promising chemist and among the founders of the multi-billion dollar company Gray Matter Technologies, but he soon left, selling his shares for $5,000 for personal reasons and becoming an unhappy and disillusioned high school chemistry teacher. After being diagnosed with Stage IIIA lung cancer, he resorts to manufacturing methamphetamine to ensure his family’s continuing financial security after his death. As the series progresses, Walter gradually becomes darker and more villainous.”